Bradenton, Fla.--One of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the country for the 2017 class, IMG Academy standout Kellen Mond was one of nearly three dozen players from his team that visited the Auburn Tigers on Friday. Already tripping to Florida the day before and heading to Florida State on Saturday, the early Baylor commitment spend time with Auburn's coaches and get a second feel for the program and left impressed by what he saw.
“It was a really good visit,” Mond said. “I got to sit down with Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Coach (Kodi) Burns and just talk some football. My quarterback coach from IMG was there and got to ask some questions about the offense and how I would fit in it. It was a really good visit.
“I really liked it,” he added. “The first time I came down was in the summer and I was with my dad most of the time. Now I got to hang out with some of the players and it was really good meeting some of those guys.”
A four-star recruit and the No. 11 quarterback in the country on Scout, the 6-2, 190 Mond is the total package at the position, capable of throwing the ball down the field while also possessing the speed to make plays with his legs. Transferring to IMG from Reagan High in San Antonio, Mond was already very familiar with Baylor’s offense and saw that as a good fit.
Kellen Mond throwing at the Nike Orlando Regional
As for an Auburn offense that has been dynamic with guys like Cam Newton and Nick Marshall at the helm, Mond thinks it’s something that fits him as well.
“Definitely,” he said of the fit. “It’s a spread offense and Coach Malzahn is one of the best that runs the offense. I definitely feel like I could run the ball in the offense, throw the ball down the field in the offense, so it’s definitely a perfect fit.”
Noting that right now he’s still a “hard commit to Baylor,” Mond said he’s still going to take some visits and continue to check out schools moving forward. Recently visiting Ohio State before his trips this week, he said that having already been to Auburn once before with his dad and seeing things again makes him want to get yet another look at things.
“I really want to get my parents down and see their opinion on it,” Mond said of Auburn. “I want to get them with Coach Malzahn, my mom with Coach Malzahn because she hasn’t been down there yet. I want to see what they like about the place.”
Taking part in the Elite 11 the same weekend as Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend, Mond said he hopes to make his third visit to the Plains sometime before then.